Healthy by Design


Last week, surrounded by cigarette smoke and sipping a luncheon Manhattan, I thought, maybe it’s time to write about a healthy lifestyle. The smoke, BTW, comes from eating lunch in, literally, the only bar in America where I think you can smoke, compliments of a grandfather law and a clientele in my town that doesn’t care. The Manhattan, of course, came in a glass.

With that in mind, and while writing this in the Kansas City Airport (slogan? It’s all about the Plains) I want to share some lighthearted tips on staying healthy while on the road.

As someone who’s been blessed with a talented and accomplished wife (who denies ever calling me fat, by the way), I’ve learned a thing or two about maintaining my well-being. So, let’s dive in and discover how to embrace health on the road (or just health).

So, without further ado, some tips, tricks, and techniques. Just another way to model your life after my teachings.

  • First and foremost, commit to making health a priority in your life. It’s all about getting into the right mindset. After all, what’s more important than feeling great and enjoying life to the fullest?
  • Next, I have a little secret: I replicate my daily routines from home while traveling. If I usually start my day with a muffin or cottage cheese and fruit, why should I suddenly indulge in a three-egg omelet with potatoes on the road? Consistency is key, folks!
  • Even if you’re not a morning person like me, try to squeeze in some exercise. Trust me, something is always better than nothing. So, lace up those sneakers, hit the hotel gym, or go for a brisk walk to explore your new surroundings.
  • Ah, alcohol – the friend and foe of many travelers. When it comes to imbibing, opt for quality over quantity. Skip the subpar booze at receptions and treat yourself to one or two top-notch drinks at the bar. And if you’re feeling tempted for a third, just take it back to your room. No judgment here!
  • When it’s time to indulge your taste buds, order from the starter menu instead of the main menu. Not only will you enjoy smaller portions, but you’ll also likely discover more variety and vegetables on your plate. It’s a win-win!
  • Don’t forget the essentials: hydration and sleep. Keep a water bottle handy and prioritize getting enough rest. Your body will thank you. For example, I often nap during meetings – killing two birds with one stone.
  • Aim to have at least one proper sit-down meal each day. It’s easy to fall into the trap of munching on cold, unhealthy hors d’oeuvres at receptions. Resist the temptation and treat yourself to a satisfying meal with wholesome options instead. Remember, we’re avoiding those sneaky calories!
  • Lastly, don’t stress too much about it. Treat yourself every now and then. I once bought a $400 tasting menu with wine pairings to reward myself for a hard day. Consistency is key. It’s not about making drastic changes but rather maintaining healthy habits over time. Cheers for that!

How about legendary bonus content?

  • Hunt for fruit like it’s a treasure hunt – because let’s be honest, finding fresh fruit while traveling can be a challenge. So, when you spot it, gobble it up! Nobody gets a banana gut, right?
  • Stick to real food and avoid the processed stuff. Your taste buds and your body will thank you for choosing fresh, nourishing options.
  • Plan ahead and eat before you arrive at the airport. Trust me, it’s easy to succumb to the temptations of unhealthy airport food when you’re hungry and rushing. Build this into your travel preparations to stay strong.
  • Escape the hotel bubble and take a stroll to a local restaurant in the neighborhood. It’s a fantastic way to break out of travel mode and experience the authenticity of your destination.
  • When all else fails, embrace the wonders of technology. Utilize services like Uber Eats to discover hidden gems and support local eateries. You might stumble upon a fantastic veggie Indian place near an airport or uncover a quaint local joint hidden in a strip mall.

Last Call

On a serious note, it’s no fun to go to the funerals of your family and friends. Every day, I see people making their lives more uncomfortable and less healthy. I know I will have less time with them as a result.

You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete, just try something, anything to gradually make your own life better.

Just some thoughts from My Seat at the Bar.